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Week of May 14, 2001

Quote of the Week


"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." Elmer G. Leterman

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Picture of the Week


Florence, Abe, Robert,
Ulysses, Ben, and King Hal take a time out from the IMA Hero™ Collection to hang out together. Swinging is one of their favorite activities to RELAX, have FUN, ENJOY their FRIENDSHIP, and get their EXERCISE! What do you do for fun and exercise?

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Bowled Over; The Case of the Gravity Goof-Up UNDER $5.00

This book is featured in Galileo's Books. A GREAT WAY to learn about Galileo and science is by traveling back to Galileo's times with the Kinetic City Super Crew! This group of seven kids help Galileo re-create his gravity experiment at the Leaning Tower of Pisa and make other important scientific discoveries. It also has a section at the back which summarizes the scientific facts learned through their adventures and puzzles to unscramble and decode. It's FUN and EDUCATIONAL!

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Trivia Question


This Week's Trivia Question:

Question: When did the
Lewis and Clark Expedition reach the Pacific Ocean (month and year)?

Photo: Pacific Ocean

Last Week's Trivia Question:
Q: What was the name of the nursing school Florence Nightingale started?
A: The Nightingale Training School for Nurses. In 1860, Florence Nightingale opened the Nightingale Training School for Nurses which was the first training school for nurses. Before this school opened, nurses were only trained through on-the-job experiences. Florence, however, thought nurses should learn through both experience and training, and this school provided the necessary study. Did you know these nurses were called Nightingale Nurses? Today, the Nightingale Nurses carry on Florence's work of caring for the sick and the poor.
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Did You Know…


Did you know the Sojourner Rover was named after Sojourner Truth?

Yes, when the Mars Pathfinder landed on Mars on July 4, 1997, its rover was named the Sojourner Rover after the abolitionist and champion of women's rights, Sojourner Truth. NASA chose the name Sojourner (which means "traveler") after a year-long world-wide essay competition among 3,500 students. In their essays, the students explained how the heroine's traits related to the exploration of Mars. The winner was Valerie Ambroise, age 12. The other names considered for the rover were: Marie Curie (chemist), Judith Resnik (astronaut), Sacagawea (guide and interpreter), Harriet Tubman (abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor), and Amelia Earhart (aviator). Read a book about Sojourner Truth…

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Who's Your Hero?


"My hero is
Thomas Jefferson. I am learning about how the United States was formed and about the Declaration of Independence. I think it is great what the Founding Fathers did in the 1700s, and I really admire Thomas Jefferson." -- Noah

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Your Question


Q: Was Washington and Lee University named after Robert E. Lee? (Rebecca from Norfolk, Virginia)

 A: Yes, Washington and Lee University (located in Lexington, Virginia) is named in part in honor of Robert E. Lee. When the school was founded in 1749, it was called Washington College, in honor of George Washington. After the Civil War, Robert became the President of Washington College in 1865. He established the School of Law and the first journalism program. He also added courses to help the southern people prosper in the post-war era, including classes on business, banking, and agriculture. During Robert's Presidency, the student body grew ten times in size. After Robert's death in 1870, Washington College was renamed Washington and Lee University. Robert is buried in the school chapel, called Lee Chapel. Robert's horse, Traveller, is buried outside Lee Chapel. Read a book about Robert E. Lee, visit Washington and Lee University or Lee Chapel and Museum.

Photo: Lee Chapel

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